I am still sorta new to our practice and have been having a really hard time finding other people to talk to about my questions/in general. Do you know any site or group that I would be able to find people willing to help a new pagan on her journey?

— pumpkinspicebrownies 

I don’t necessarily have anywhere in general to send you to, but I know that many people are often willing to help out. I’ll put out a call and see if anyone answers. Were you looking for any flavor of paganism in particular?

— BookofWisdom (Canaanite polytheist)

I can’t think of any groups or other sites outside of tumblr, but there are plenty of 101 type pagan blogs out there. You can take a look at this list from Just Another 101 Blog to find more.

—the-brambled-way

I’ve never claimed a God, but recently I’ve felt really drawn to Loki in particular. I’ve heard some really disconcerting things about him from other people, like that they feel uncomfortable when dealing with him or most pagans avoid him, which makes me weary of learning more about him, let alone approaching him. I don’t know what to do, am I being misled?

— miss—flowers

Honestly? I’d say look into him. Do research, talk to some Lokeans, and see how you’re feeling about it. I know quite a few people who worship Loki, and you certainly don’t have to avoid him. If at any point in your researching you find something that makes you feel uncomfortable or that screams Not-For-Me, then stop, but I find the occasional practice of seeing Loki as some great evil not helpful.

I mean, I have a deity in my pantheon that I don’t like to mention, but I’m perfectly aware that other people may be 100% a-okay with him. Everyone’s worship is very personal and dependent on themselves.

— BookofWisdom (Canaanite polytheist)

What do you know of Avalon?

—Anonymous

I personally only know a very little about Avalon. It’s a mystical island from Arthurian legend where Excalibur was forged. If I’m remembering correctly Arthur went there after a battle to rest from his wounds and is said never died but sleeps there until needed again. But this is all I know about it. Maybe some of our followers know more?

—the-brambled-way

Is any of the lore on CWs Supernatural real? I know a lot of it is supposed to be based on the Key of Solomon, but I’m curious how much of the angels and demons stuff they put on the show is actually based on real stuff

— Anonymous

The show as a whole is fiction, but there are quite a few things that are based on actual facts and historical information but for the most part, the writers find their inspiration for story lines from myth, and then embellish it to make it more entertaining for a television audience. 

—TheWitchyandtheturtle

So I have recently started following the Norse pantheon, and the emphasis they place on oaths made me think. I chose to be baptized at a young age, so by not following Yahweh anymore, am i an oath breaker? I think he has been punishing me for it too.

— lofndottir

I’m not a Norse based Pagan so I can’t speculate on whether or not this would make you an oath breaker. I’m not really familiar with the idea of what that is on more than a surface level. I don’t know if baptism and oathing are equal nor do I know under what circumstances you were baptized.

You could try seeking someone like grumpylokeanelder or thorswoman's advice, but at the moment that's all I can point you towards. Sorry that I couldn't be of more help.

—the-brambled-way

do you know of any deities where their gender is either ambiguous, nonexistent, or changes often? thank you!

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  • Hermaphroditus - Hermaphroditus is two-sexed and the origin for the word Hermaphrodite.
  • Agdistis - A two-sexed deity who castrated herself.
  • Dionysus - Dionysus is often described as androgynous.
  • Loki - A shape shifter who has given birth in a female form.
  • Ishi-Kore - A transgendered Kami.
  • Inari - A shape shifting Kami who has taken on the form of both genders.
  • Guanyin - A Bodhisattva who shows up in both male and female form.
  • Lan Caihe - A deity whose gender is unknown. Usually depicted in gender ambiguous clothing.

If anyone knows of other gender ambiguous, multi-gendered, or agendered deities, chime in!

—the-brambled-way

So This is the End

I am stepping down from P101 as of this post. I enjoyed my time here and I am glad I was able to help people. 

If you want to still see me answering questions you will have to come directly to my blog. 

I am just sick of being bullied for trying to do my job when there is literally no one else there. 

Whether anyone knows it or not, Pagan101 has 2 people actively working. 

Congratulations WhoreofAbaddon, Soloontherocks, and the slew of others that have refused countless times to accept my apologies for any misinformation I seem to be awesome at spreading, you have won

—TheWitchyandtheTurtle

So, I’ve been drawn to honoring Thor lately, but I’m (mainly) a pacifist; I try to look to violence only as an absolute last resort and only in retaliation for previous violence. Would my non-violence offend him? I know the Norse gods seem to be pretty into fighting…

—Anonymous

I wouldn’t say that the Norse Deities are into Fighting (I am not a follower of this pantheon, just going by what I have seen from that community) I would say that the Norse are into Self Preservation and Honor and sticking up for yourself. I don’t think the Norse Gods (well, not all of them anyway, there very well may be a couple who do) enjoy just walking about and fighting with everyone they see randomly on the street. I think they try to find justified means for their acts of Violence or fighting or what have you. 

—TheWitchyandtheturtle

I’m wanting to inniciate myself into norse paganism, and I have yet to choose a patron deity. I’m drawn both to Mimir and Saga, but I do not know if it’s possible to have any of them as a patron deity, because there isn’t much reference to them in the Eddas and I don’t think there was an organized cult for them… What do you think?

— Anonymous

I’ll preface this with the fact that I am not a Norse based Pagan nor do I have any experience with Norse gods, but I think if a deity or entity exists, you can worship it. If there aren’t any preexisting cults or traditions, you may have to gather the resources available on them and come up with your own ideas. But I think it’s possible. Since I’m not involved with Norse deities, I’m afraid I can’t give you any more advice than that. I suggest approaching someone like grumpylokeanelder for further help.

—the-brambled-way

Hi! I’m a bit new at this, but I’ve done some research and experimentation over the past few months, trying to figure out which direction I should go. I feel like I have an ok grasp on energy manipulation, but I’d also like to incorporate my love of gardening and cooking into my craft. Is there some specific subset of witchery that deals with what I want, or should I pull from two or three separate “types” ? Thank you so much for helping a newbie out!

—Anonymous

Cottage witchcraft may incorporate both gardening and cooking. It’s craft involving the home and that could possibly extend to the garden. There’s also green witchcraft and kitchen witchcraft, each of which deals with gardening and cooking separately. For search purposes, I think any of those could work, and I’d track all three tags. For labeling purposes, I’d suggest investigating each of those to discover which fits you best.

—the-brambled-way